The Rabble.

15 Nov

I never really read my Bible until I was 26 years old.  I mean, I looked up verses I knew were in there, I read the Christmas story every year, and I read different sections when I was studying it with a Bible Study Class — but just opening the Bible to read through it — Never.

Then my husband told me one day he was reading all the way through his Bible and I thought — what?! He can’t do something *I’m* not doing spiritually.  So, I set out to read all the way through my Bible.  And my life DRASTICALLY changed in that 9 months.

I don’t know how to describe it, it’s not like fireworks went off and smoke rose from the ground.  And it didn’t happen in just a day or a week.  But throughout that nine months, I grew SO MUCH in my knowledge of who God was, how He feels about us, what He put us here to do, and how much more is in that book than even 80% of those who call themselves Christians realize.

Since then, I’ve read through my Bible about 4-5 more times. But I usually read the Old Testament then the New Testament and then the New Testament again, before going back to the Old Testament.  Not for any major reason other than, I LOVE what is in the New Testament!!

At any rate, even though I have a hunger for God’s Word and it has changed me life — I still feel like some Books and Sections of Scripture are BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I said it — I didn’t say irrelevant but PULL YOUR HAIR OUT OF YOUR HEAD BORING, for sure!

ESPECIALLY Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, which happens to be RIGHT where I am right now.

But even though it’s sometimes hard to get through, there are hidden gems in there that are so valuable!!

Like in Numbers when the Israelites are on their journey with Moses from Egypt to the Promise Land, from Slavery to Freedom, and yet – all the ways they find to complain and grow in anger against Moses is UNBELIEVABLE!!!

I’m not going into a full lesson on Moses here – that’d take weeks to do!

But I will point out one verse that speaks VOLUMES! (And actually it’s in there a couple of times but reading it once is actually powerful enough I think.)

Numbers 11:4

“The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat!”

The WHO began to crave other food?

Yes, THE RABBLE. — The people they picked up along the way on their journey to freedom.

And what happened because of the cravings of the rabble?  The Israelites started having cravings and only saw what they didn’t have.  They quickly forgot how terrible things use to be, and what God was doing in their lives — and what the RABBLE said became their only focus.

It leads me to ask……What might RABBLE look like today?

Those who are constantly complaining, tempting you to be full of cravings for the world, pointing out the negative in their life or your life so that is all you can see, causing you to spend too much time thinking about what you don’t have instead of what you do have?

Now hear me a second — I’m not talking about walking through life with a spouse, family member, or friend in a time of trial or crisis. That is NOT the same.

I’m talking about those people who are temptations for us to have our eyes, hearts and attention on the interests of the world or ourselves instead of the interests of God, and then we function poorly as a result.

Practical Application:

Do you have any RABBLE in your life?


2 Responses to “The Rabble.”

  1. KayKay Pernell November 19, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    Wow! How timely this was! I just got done reading James 1:5-8 and this kind of goes hand in hand with those verses. Sometimes we can be our own rabbles (doubters) and pass up on what’s important. Thank you for this blog post! God bless 🙂

    • Kayla Gulick November 19, 2013 at 5:39 am #

      So true!!
      Thanks for sharing that thought 🙂

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